Most agencies will have a similar _________ that all officers will be required to complete when
they use an agency vehicle.
The form helps officers
remember what equipment must be inspected and allows them to report failing equipment.
Each agency has its own policy or procedure for handling failing equipment, Some agencies may
require officers to complete a report detailing the problem. Others may require officers to handle some
problems themselves, such as changing a tire or a bulb or adding fluids, or to notify a particular shop that will repair the vehicle.
It is essential to inspect a vehicle _________ taking control of it and operating it on the road.
An officer will drive his or her police vehicle in extreme conditions, _______ he or she would drive a personal vehicle. Therefore, before using the vehicle, the officer MUST LOCATE any potential problems so they can be repaired.
For personal safety, an officer should perform inspections ________ ____ _______ every use of the vehicle.
before and after
When an officer fails to inspect a vehicle properly, that officer faces potential ________ ___________
officer creates potential for _________ if something happens because of a vehicle problem, especially if inspection and correction could have prevented that problem
Before using a vehicle, its body must be inspected to identify any damage. An officer should conduct a quick visual examination of the vehicle's body and undercarriage and look for the following:
โข scratched paint that may be the result of contact with an object or
โข dents that are more obvious signs of contact with another object, perhaps a vehicle
โข missing or broken light covers that can present a hazard to other drivers and may
be a traffic violation
damaged emergency equipment such as a siren, light bar, or other emergency lights that could prevent
an officer from operating the vehicle in emergency modeโan officer should be aware of malfunctioning
equipment so it can be repaired before use.
โข broken or cracked glass that could injure the officer and impair vision
โข broken or cracked mirrors that could impair vision
โข a dirty windshield that could impair observation ability
โข foreign objects, such as tree limbs and road debris trapped under the vehicle, which could cause serious
problems if they strike one of the vehicle's moving parts
โข foreign objects on the undercarriage other than natural objects or road debris, which means a
potentially harmful device such as an explosive (In the event an explosive or other harmful device
is detected, an officer should back away from the vehicle and contact the appropriate personnel as
designated by the agency's policies and procedures.)
โข fluid leaks visible on the ground under the vehicle
Tires should be checked for
uneven wear that may result from improper balance or alignment, over inflation, or under inflation
Proper tire inflation ensures
tires are inflated at or above the manufacturer's
recommended PSI (pounds per square inch).
(embedded object) However, an officer should ______ pull out the object but allow the dealer or maintenance
personnel to handle the removal
if the front tire fails the driver may have difficulty
steering, feel vibration in
the steering wheel, and feel the vehicle pulling in the direction of the affected tire
If the _________ tire fails, the vehicle may also lose traction and pull in an unpredictable direction
After inspecting a vehicle's exterior, an officer should not drive it without checking under the
the fluid levels to be checked
โข engine oil (measured in quarts)
โข transmission fluid (measured in pints)
โข brake fluid โข power steering fluid
โข coolant reservoir โข windshield washer fluid
Belts, hoses, and wires are essential for the
safe operation of the vehicle and should be inspected each day before operating the vehicle
Due to the communications and emergency equipment installed in a police vehicle, there is a tremendous strain on the
The battery should be checked for
proper operation. The inspection should include terminal connections, water level (if applicable), and signs of damage to the battery's exterior.
Loose items like briefcases, flashlights, and coffee
cups travel at the _______ speed as the vehicle.
if an officer must stop abruptly, unsecured
items become _______ ___________ in the vehicle
Before and after every shift and after every transport, officers must check under the back seat for possible
____________ or ___________ left in the car by suspects
Headlights, interior lights, turn signals, and hazard flashers should be tested to ensure that they
Officers should also check the rearview mirror to see if it is
securely attached or if it is cracked or broken.
Communications equipment will be tested to make certain that
radio transmissions can be made and received.
While the vehicle is running, the officer should look under it (standing to the SIDE of the vehicle, not in
front of it) to check for -
leaks that may not be apparent when the vehicle is off.
Inside the TRUNK should be a
spare tire, vehicle jack, tire tool, and assorted equipment for use on duty (usually issued by the